One ‘NAP’ that certainly wasn’t quiet
Charlemsak Suranat (centre), director of TAT’s
Northern region performs the opening of the 9th Nimmanhaemindha Art & Design
Tananan Willson with his amazing models.
At the NAP’s opening, the entire audience were
given candles to light to wish His Majesty the King a very Happy Birthday.
Dr. Duentemduang na Chiengmai, Chiang Mai’s
Mayor, meets the designers.
The 9th Nimmanhaemindha Art & Design Promenade (NAP) took over Soi
1, just behind the Amari Rincome Hotel, from December 5 until 9 for the
biggest and best show yet. The opening ceremony was performed by Chalermsak
Suranat, director of the Tourist Authority of Thailand’s Northern region, on
December 5, His Majesty the King’s birthday. Just as the opening ceremony
began, so did a massive firework display being held in the new park
opposite, leading many guests to believe the amazing spectacle was part of
the opening ceremony!
One guest told the Chiang Mai Mail, “I have lived here for 6 years
and this is the biggest, largest, noisiest fireworks display I’ve seen.”
Definitely an added bonus. When he could be heard, one of the main sponsors
of the NAP event, Wim Fagel, GM of the Amari Rincome, welcomed the guests.
After the opening ceremony, the audience were treated to a catwalk from
‘Paothong’s Original Collection’ with 18 beautiful models. The opening, and
indeed the whole 5-day event, was organised by Ongkarn (Jojo) Chaiongkarn
from Man Muang Chamber Co., Ltd. Stalls lined the soi, crammed together in a
riot of colour and tempting goodies. Well known stores included Ginger with
their gorgeous accessories, Earth Tone, Classic Models, Crafts for U, Bua
Baan Shop Mayawee Spa and Home products and many, many more personal
Both Chiang Mai dog charities, Care for Dogs and Lanna Dogs, were present,
as was a Garage Sale by Chiang Mai celebrities for stray dogs. Many local
artists and artisans also displayed their wares. Anyone wishing to buy that
unique Christmas gift had lots of choice, which made for lots more difficult
The ever-industrious guys from the Chiang Mai Charity Calendar were present
as usual, and there was plenty to eat and drink with the Amari Rincome
managing not just a coffee bar, but a fully fledged restaurant with Daeng
Fantastic performing nightly until 10 a.m. If hungry visitors could manage
to get down to the end of the soi through the crowds, there was the new and
very stylish Mix Restaurant to tempt them.
The third day of the event was designated ‘fashion’ and was graced by Dr.
Duentemduang na Chiengmai, Mayor of Chiang Mai, with the US Consul General
Michael Morrow and his wife Shannon also in attendance. MC Araya Panyanuwat
guided 6 very different fashion parades; Earth Tone, Ginger, Classic Model,
Yodaya, Alangkarn and, in a truly ‘Grand’ finale, Tananan Willson. And what
a finale, as his five drop-dead gorgeous male farang models in their exotic
drapery and accessories brought the crowd to their feet in amazement and
admiration. And possibly some other emotions as well, as many of the ladies
hadn’t seen such manly chests for a long, long time.
Somsak Chalachol, ‘hairdresser to the stars,’ was kept busy all day in his
salon on Soi 1, and all the models’ hair looked fabulous as a result.
This great NAP 5-day event really did have something for everyone; music,
fashion, dance, food and, above all, the chance to do some serious shopping!
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Stop Polio Now - declare Rotarians and the public sectors
Children under the age of 5 to receive polio vaccines on 2 immunisation days
DG (3360) Pornsak Uerprasert, (3rd left), DG
(3350) Krai Tungsanga, (6th left), DGN Suchada Ithijarukul (4th right),
DG (3330) Ratmanee Tanyinyong (3rd right), DG (3340) Pratheep Malhotra
(2nd right) stand firm with the team of dedicated Polio eradicators.
By Pratheep Malhotra
Data courtesy of Global Polio Eradication Initiative
The Thai Ministry of Health has declared 17 December 2008 and 14 January
2009 as National Polio Immunization Days. Parents are strongly urged to
bring their children under the age of 5 to the various health centers
around the country so that their children can receive the polio vaccine
to prevent them from being infected by the deadly virus.
This is the second part of the four-pronged strategy which involves mass
immunization campaigns, known as National Immunization Days (NIDs). This
supplementary immunization is intended to complement - not replace -
routine immunisation. The aim of mass campaigns is to interrupt the
circulation of the polio virus by immunizing every child under 5 years
of age with two doses of OPV, regardless of previous immunisation
status, with the idea of catching children who are either not immunised
or only partially protected, and to boost immunity in those who have
been immunised. This way, every child in the most susceptible age group
is protected against polio at the same time - instantly depriving the
virus of the fertile seedbed on which its survival depends.
two girls touched everyone’s hearts when they said, “Thank you Rotary
for stopping this terrible disease. We truly hope that we are the last
victims of Polio.”
NIDs are conducted in two rounds, one month apart. Because OPV does not
require a needle and syringe, volunteers with minimal training can serve
as vaccinators, increasing the number of vaccinators well beyond the
existing staff of a country’s Ministry of Health. Three to five years of
NIDs are usually required to eradicate polio, but some countries require
more time, especially those where routine immunisation coverage is low.
NIDs are normally conducted during the cool, dry season because
logistics are simplified, immunological response to OPV is improved and
the potential damage to heat-sensitive OPV is reduced.
Funding of the vaccines is made possible throughout the joint efforts of
the World Health Organisation, (WHO), UNICEF, Centres for Disease
Control and Prevention, Rotary International and many other
organizations all over the world. Doctors, nurses and volunteers
including Rotarians will take part in helping to immunize each and every
child on both days from 9 am until 4 pm.
Earlier this week, the Four Rotary District Governors in Thailand held a
press conference in Bangkok to announce the many activities planned to
bring attention to and encourage the public to be aware of the threat of
polio to our children. District 3350 is organizing a Eradicating Polio
to Make Dreams Real Fair on 14 December at the Benjasiri Park on
Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Road, during which experts will give the public
information about polio and its prevention. The fair will include
exhibitions and concerts.
On 28 December, all 4 Rotary districts in Thailand will organize a
Walk-Run-A-Thon in many provinces in the country. This exercise is
organized to create awareness and reassure the public of Rotary’s
promise to the children of the world that it will not stop until it has
won the war against polio. After 20 years of hard work, Rotary and its
partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a
strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a
window of opportunity of historic proportions.
Contributions by not only Rotarians by also by people from all walks of
life will directly support immunisation campaigns in developing
countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyse children,
robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by
their families. As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in
the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.
Note: For essential information about centres and schools in
Chiang Mai where the immunisation programme will take place, please
contact the Chiang Mai Public Health Office at 10, Suthep Road,
T.Suthep, Muang, CM 5000, call on 053-211-048/50, or visit their website
Data courtesy of Global Polio Eradication Initiative